London's first vel, published in 1902, was something of a critical failure, offset, of course, by the success of CALL OF THE WILD just one year later. But A DAUGHTER OF THE SNOWS did establish him as a writer of strong, independent female characters, contrary to other writers of his time. From one of the characters of this vel, after parting company with the heroine: 'Jove!' he muttered, doffing his cap gallantly. 'There is a woman!' And a sudden hunger seized him, and a yearning to see himself mirrored always in the gray eyes of Frona Welse. He was t analytical; he did t kw why; but he knew that with her he could travel to the end of the earth.